If You’re Learning French, Read These 3 Books

When my daughter's French teacher recently asked for donations of new or gently used French-language books to add to her classroom’s library, these three books immediately came to mind: Ourika by Claire de Duras Mes parents by Hervé Guibert Paroles by Jacques Prévert I had to read these books for my French classes and I … Continue reading If You’re Learning French, Read These 3 Books

How Do You Say Blueberry in French? It Depends on the Region

How languages, dialects, and accents develop over time is fascinating to me. It’s proof that a language is living because it constantly moves around and grows. In school, I studied the mechanics of French. But as with any language, the best way to learn how to speak and develop fluency in français is to immerse … Continue reading How Do You Say Blueberry in French? It Depends on the Region

Visiting les Bouquinistes and Shakespeare and Company in Paris

I'm writing this while sitting on a stool near a typewriter on the second floor of Shakespeare and Company (in the poetry section). I want to remember the cat. I feel an immediate kinship with it. It’s a gray tabby, like my first cat, Amiee.* It turns out they call the cat, Aggie.** I must say, it is … Continue reading Visiting les Bouquinistes and Shakespeare and Company in Paris